American College of Healthcare Executives
Fall 2011
In This Issue

President's Message
Wisconsin ACHE Message from the Regent: Fall 2011
Sponsorship Committee
Education Committee
Communication Committee
Ensure delivery of Chapter E-newsletter (Disclaimer)


ACHE Job Bank

Chapter Officers

Gary R. Bezucha, FACHE

Immediate Past President
Mark A. Hamilton, FACHE

Brett Norell, FACHE

Tom Wetzel, FACHE

Mark A. Hamilton, FACHE
Education Committee

WI ACHE Leadership Development Program (LDP) Update:

The chapter's 2010 pilot Leadership Development Program* set the bar high for future installments of the LDP Program. With 20% of the 2010 group experiencing job promotions, a WI ACHE Chapter board appointment, and national recognition for an innovative ACHE program, the 2011 LDP class is on pace to having another sucessful year. Currently, the 2011 group is mid-way through another year of valuable lessons on leadership that are essential as future executive managing in an era of disruptive change in our healthcare industry.

As organizations battle with the cornerstones of healthcare reform [managing costs and improving quality] and the advent of a performance-driven payment system, there exists an absolute necessity for all leaders to excel at key management competencies while continuously improving how effectively we provide healthcare services to the communities we serve. Widespread improvement of this magnitude calls leaders to meticulously develop their leadership competencies in the areas of  Self Awareness, Relationship Management, Professional Expertise, and Managerial Presence. Moreover, thriving in the marketplace is predicated on a realization that improvement is not time-limited – improvement is continuous. Therefore future leaders in healthcare must  relentlessly pursue improved operations and outcomes and commit to a long-term culture of process improvement through the disciplined use of methodologies such as LEAN management. Through the use of these culture transforming methodologies, leaders proactively monitor performance and continuously pursue absolute efficiency and value in the services offered. 

As difficult as achieving this shift in leadership can be, with the support of successful industry executives, WI ACHE’s LD Program offers selected early careerists the opportunity to build these basic management behaviors. 

Led by Andy Hillig, FACHE, Brett Norell, FACHE, and Rebecca Wieczorek, FACHE (three chapter leaders and past recipients of the ACHE Early Careerist Regent Award), the class of 2011 include five early careerists from across the state who enjoy the pleasure of visiting organizations, meeting with successful executives, and learning valuable lessons on success in leadership. The five individuals participating in the 2011 WI ACHE LDP program are:

Raynea Rashad, Columbia St. Mary’s, Milwaukee, WI

Ryan Neville, Ministry Healthcare St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, WI

Bo Johnson, North Central Healthcare, Wausau, WI

Wendy Horton, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

Amanda Roller, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

To date, the LDP group has participated in the WHA Annual Advocacy Day, where they had the pleasure of hearing from Jenny Boese (VP of External Relations & Member Advocacy, Wisconsin Hospital Association) about the importance policy formation has on our healthcare organization. In addition to hearing from Jenny, the group also had the pleasure of shadowing Larry Schroeder, FACHE, CEO at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital and Clinics, as he met with his organization’s state legislator’s – Howard Marklein and Dale Schultz. The second program had the group travel back to Madison to visit Dr. Frank Byrne, FACHE, and St. Mary’s Hospital. The group learned the importance of being visionary and inspiring as a leader as well as how St. Mary’s Hospital is thoroughly analyzing the various potential financial impacts of healthcare reform legislation (i.e. value-based purchasing, etc.). Most recently, the LDP participants visited Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s newest facility in Franklin, Wisconsin to learn about Emotional Intelligence. The group also heard from two young executives, Dan Mattes and Coreen Dicus-Johnson, who are successfully leading Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare into this new era of how we, as an industry, deliver healthcare services to the patient and their families.

Please look for this group at this year’s WHA Annual Conference in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and network with the group to learn more about the LDP program and recommend applicants for the 2012 LDP class.

If you wish to learn more about this innovative program, please contact Andy Hillig at or by phone at 414-465-3658.

* The WI ACHE was awarded ACHE's "Grant for Chapter Innovation" in 2010 to develop the LDP program. 

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